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Community bands together for a surprise birthday celebration

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 22:43:01-04

SALEM TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It was quite the surprise in New Salem on Sunday morning as Jayden Westra received a drive by from family and community members for her 12th birthday. Of course, she didn't know how to celebrate it during the pandemic which is when her family and Allegan County sheriff's department stepped in to create the surprise.

Despite the circumstances, it's a birthday she'll never forget.

"We had a lot of talks here the last couple of days about her birthday," her father, Jeff said, "with the virus going on, how do you make it special? This was just really cool."

She was also in disbelief.

"I was just like, 'what are they doing here?'" Jayden smiled afterwards, "they were a bunch of people that came out to show that they care about me. I was surprised."